Though my child is an adult now, I have always been a hands-on parent, always around. I was there when she needed to talk to me or when she needed guidance or when she had a problem. In short, I always had time for her. Even today, she discusses everything under the sun with me, without fear or embarrassment.
When it came to academics I taught her to be independent and believed that self-study was better than me sitting and drilling the subject matter into her head. I cleared doubts when she had any, gave her ideas on how she could do her projects and/or assignments. But, in the end always allowed her to decide what she wanted to do. I never physically assisted her with her homework or any other school related work.
When she was in kindergarten and lower classes, and teaching her was my responsibility, I resorted to play-way methods of teaching, instead of sitting down with books and playing the teacher.
Some parents have no time for their kids while some go to the extent of spoon feeding the child, doing what the child is supposed to do. For children to grow into successful, independent adults, they need their parents around for support and guidance, but they should not be spoonfed. It cripples their mind and ability to think. It prevents them from learning to make proper decisions on their own.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak" - Michael Garrett Marino